Hideg has practiced in Paducah for 45 years. He is a 1967 graduate of Lincoln College of Chiropractic and has been a member of the Kentucky Association of Chiropractors for 44 years.
Hideg’s leadership led to several positions at the KAC and a 36-year run as vice president of the Kentucky Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
The Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist also served as director of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners from 1978 to 2007.
The long-time baseball coach in American Legion Baseball also treated and developed high-caliber athletes, including Gene Roof of the St. Louis Cardinals, Steve Finley of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Kent Wallace of the New York Yankees.
— Donna Wear of Paducah has been appointed to the Kentucky Educational Television Friends Board, a statewide network of volunteers who work to advance KET’s mission in their communities.
Wear, principal of Commonwealth Middle College, was named Kentucky Principal of the Year in 2003, and she is also a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.
Members of the KET Friends Board promote programs and services in their own communities, plan and host special events, and meet several times a year to share ideas for new initiatives. The board includes representatives from each of 35 districts that together cover all 120 Kentucky counties.
— Debra Becht joined Banterra Bank, based in Marion, Ill., as director of retail operations. Becht brings more than 25 years of financial experience to the bank.
A resident of Evansville, Ind., and graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Becht as worked for 11 years as vice president for Fifth Third Bank in Evansville.
Banterra has 29 branches throughout southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky.
— Dr. Robert S. Howard joined the Kelley Psychiatric Clinic in Paducah at 6025 Kentucky Dam Road. A Murray native, Howard graduated from Murray High School and is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University.
He attended graduate school at Harvard University and earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Howard is the son of the late Dr. Russell E.P. Howard, a cardiologist in Murray.
— Tommy Owen, commercial banking relationship manager who works at U.S. Bank’s office at Paducah, won U.S. Bank’s Pinnacle Award, the company’s highest employee achievement honor. He was among a select number of top performing employees nationwide to win U.S. Bank’s award for outstanding achievement and superior performance.
“Tommy deserves tremendous congratulations for this achievement as he does an outstanding job to make sure our customer’s expectations are not only met, but exceeded,” said Richard Davis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank. Owen is a graduate of Georgetown College.
— Two recently joined Child Watch Children’s Advocacy Center in Paducah, and an employee was promoted.
Julie McKeel joined Child Watch in July as a coordinator for the local Court Appointed Special Advocates program, for which Child Watch is the umbrella agency. CASA is a volunteer-based program that works with McCracken County family court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are in family court.
McKeel graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky. She had previously worked as an attorney for nine years, most recently as a partner at Boehl Stopher and Graves LLP.
Cecelia Reside, joined Child Watch as a therapist in September. She holds a master’s degree of social work from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Murray State University. She previously provided therapy services at Four Rivers Behavioral Health, the Delta Center in Cairo, Ill., and worked as a service coordinator for Children’s Case Management Services of IMPACT Plus.
Janey Collins, a Child Watch therapist for two years, was promoted to clinical director in July while maintaining her role as therapist.
Collins earned a master’s degree in expressive therapies and mental health counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Transylvania University.
— Linda Vitale, of Computer Services, Inc., is a newly elected 2012 member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.
The Kentucky Chamber announced its 2013 chairman, Booth Energy President James H. Booth, on Oct. 5, as well as other executive committee members.
— Gregory Kingston was named the new director of emergency services at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, replacing Jeanne Mathis who retired earlier this year.
Kingston earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Murray State University in 1989 and in 1997 he earned his master’s in nursing from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
Kingston has 25 years experience in the medical field, most recently as an APRN at Advance Correctional Healthcare and at Lourdes hospital. Prior to that, he was the director of midlevel providers/APRN at Jackson Purchase ER Physicians, a family nurse practitioner at Marshall County Family Medical and an RN at Western Baptist Hospital, as well as at Lourdes.
— Troy Clapp was named the city of Mayfield’s employee of the month. Clapp, of the Dublin community, has worked for the city’s public works department for more than 14 years.
— Gov. Steve Beshear reappointed Donald I. Shively, of West Paducah, to the Center for School Safety board of directors for a term expiring July 27, 2014.
— Brian S. Katz, an attorney with Bloomfield & Katz in Paducah, earned the rating of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell, a respected source of information about members of the legal community. Martindale-Hubbell conducts peer-review ratings in an effort to identify and recognize lawyers with the highest legal ability and ethical standards.
— The Kentucky Association of Realtors announced the election of Ron Hughes as the 2013 president-elect. Hughes will serve as president in 2014. A Hopkinsville native, Hughes has lived in Paducah since 1986. He is a broker with RE/MAX Realty Group and has been serving western Kentucky as a real estate licensee and real estate agent since 1994.
— Virgie Darrow joined the Murray-Calloway County Hospital as the director of case management and social services.
Darrow comes to MCCH from Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., where she served as nurse case manager and utilization review specialist. She earned her LPN from the department of education in Missouri, and an associate degree of nursing from Hillsboro Community College in Hillsboro, Fla.
Darrow earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, Wis., and her master’s degree in nursing administration, research and education from Norwich University in Vermont.
— Coldwell Banker Purchase Realty Group added Kyle Mohler to its residential sales team. Mohler is a Kentucky Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate and a member of the Paducah Board of Realtors.
— Lourdes welcomed Dr. Griffin K. Bicking to its medical staff. Bicking graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in general surgery. He is accepting patients at West Kentucky Surgical Associates at 2603 Kentucky Ave., Suite 105. Call 270-415-4802.
— Officers were elected at the annual meeting of the Western Kentucky Regional MLS Inc. in September to serve for fiscal year 2012-13. Elected officers are: Jimmi Sloan, Mayfield-Graves County Board of Realtors, president; Charlie Collier, Pennyrile Board of Realtors, president-elect; Mary Hoy, Paducah Board of Realtors, secretary/treasurer.
The 15-member Board of Directors has representatives from all five real estate boards in western Kentucky, including the Kentucky Barkley Lakes Board of Realtors and the Murray-Calloway County Board of Realtors. Established in 2001, the Multiple Listing Service has 432 members in 92 offices.
Also, Lyndell Gray, administrator for the MLS since its inception, announced he’ll relinquish the post on Dec. 31, and the MLS board contracted with Pat Reed, of Hickory, to assume the duties.
— Grayhawk Safety & Health Consulting Company in Benton hired Susan Draper, who will be working as a forensic safety and health specialist in fields of defendant and plaintiff expert witness in occupational safety and health-related matters.
Draper is a former OSHA compliance officer and was director for five years for the division of OSHA Compliance.
Draper brings more than 25 years of combined experience to Grayhawk.
— Bob Wrinkle, CFP, financial adviser with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Paducah, received the NAIFA Quality Award for 2012. The award is an indicator of the quality service that Wrinkle provides to his clients.
— Jackson Purchase Medical Associates recognized Dr. Jonathan Wilkerson for his completion of board certification in internal medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine.
— Gov. Steve Beshear reappointed Christopher J. Black, of Paducah, to the High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee to serve a term expiring Aug. 22, 2014.
Black is general contractor at Ray Black & Son and represents the West Kentucky Construction Association.
— Dippin’ Dots LLC announced that Mark Liebel has been appointed vice president of business development and new ventures, a newly created position designed to increase the availability of the innovative ice cream nationwide.
Liebel brings more than 30 years of franchising experience, both as franchisee and franchisor.
He spent more than 10 years as a Wendy’s franchisee and, at the age of 27, became Wendy’s youngest officer and vice president. Liebel also has served as director of operations for Tasti D-Lite, a frozen dessert concept based in New York City. Liebel also was responsible for business operations for I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt Inc. and managed the largest Pizza Hut franchise in the United States.
In his position at Dippin’ Dots, Liebel will identify and develop promising distribution channels that complement the existing Dippin’ Dots distribution model, which focuses on franchises and entertainment venues.
— Gina Leeper was promoted to development coordinator of the Western Baptist Hospital Foundation. She is responsible for coordinating development activities and events for the foundation.
Also at the foundation, Laurie Latham, foundation director, became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.
To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement.
— Computer Services Inc. of Paducah named Giovanni Mastronardi as vice president of sales for the southeast region. Mastronardi will lead CSI’s southeastern sales group and, under the leadership of George McGourty, CSI’s chief sales officer, Mastronardi’s team will support continued revenue growth through the sale of CSI’s complete suite of banking technology solutions.
Mastronardi, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University, brings 22 years of sales and leadership expertise to CSI.
— J. Richard Walker, CPA and a partner at Williams, Williams & Lentz, LLP, announced his retirement after 53 years of providing accounting service to the Paducah-McCracken County community.
Walker graduated from Reidland High School and attended Murray State University before joining the U.S. Air Force.
After his Air Force service, Walker graduated from the Bowling Green College of Commerce. He joined Williams, Williams & Lentz in 1959 and became a partner in 1967. The firm’s partners and staff have planned a retirement reception to honor Walker from 1-5 p.m. Thursday at 601 Jefferson St.
— Richard “Dick” Anderson rejoined the board of directors at Computer Services Inc. of Paducah after he served as chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve for the last two years.
Anderson brings more than 30 years of telecommunications industry leadership experience to the CSI board, as he is a former vice chairman of BellSouth Corp. and group president for Global Business Services at AT&T Inc. following AT&T’s acquisition of BellSouth Corp. in 2006.
Anderson also served in the administration of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who served as the state’s governor from 2003 to 2011, and was the 2007 chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
“CSI gladly welcomes Dick back to our board of directors,” said John Williams, CSI chairman and member of the CSI Executive Committee. “His direct involvement with the Federal Reserve provides additional insight and vision to our board, and his unique points of view from the telecommunications industry will enhance the operation of CSI, a company immersed in successfully executing an ambitious strategic growth initiative.”
— Tammy Fugate joined the Paducah office of financial services firm Edward Jones as a branch office administrator at the office of Adam Chustz at 2349 New Holt Road.
“A BOA is not only responsible for the daily operation of the branch, but also must provide top-level client service and marketing support for my activities,” said Chustz, a local financial adviser.
“I know she (Fugate) will be a terrific asset to our team as we strive to provide our clients unparalleled personal service,” Chustz said.
Also, Donna Phelps, a senior BOA at the Edward Jones office of Chris Sims in Paducah, attended the annual BOA Managing Partner’s Conference at the firm’s headquarters in St. Louis.
The three-day conference pooled 350 of Edward Jones’ branch office administrators to collectively recognize and reward their client service excellence, as well as take time to pinpoint the critical activities necessary to provide excellent client service.
— The city of Mayfield hired Katelyn Shultz as dispatcher in late October.
Shultz is a 2008 graduate of Graves County High School, and recently received an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Daymar College.
— Gov. Steve Beshear appointed or reappointed locals to state boards and commissions:
Mary Anne Ellison, of Mayfield, was reappointed to the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council to serve a term expiring Aug. 19, 2016. Ellison is co-owner of Smith’s Supermarket Inc. She represents at-large members.
Beshear reappointed Buddy J. Smith, of Paducah, to the Kentucky Transportation Center Advisory Board to serve a term expiring Aug. 10, 2014. Smith is retired and represents at-large members.
Thomas Craig Scott Garrett, of Paducah, was appointed to the Kentucky Military Museum Committee to serve a term expiring Dec. 31, 2015. Garrett is a retired Army command sergeant major and a history professor at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. He represents the Kentucky Historical Society. The appointment replaces Bobby R. Hazen, whose term expired.
— Western Baptist Hospital received back-to-back national honors for its stroke program: the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, and the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center for the second consecutive cycle.
Western Baptist, the only certified primary stroke center in Kentucky west of Owensboro, received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke silver award after meeting national care standards in at least 85 percent of patients during the last year, as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
— Lourdes announced the promotion of Tara Miller to vice president and chief philanthropy officer for Lourdes and Lourdes Foundation.
Miller had served as executive director of Lourdes Foundation. She has worked at Lourdes for 10 years.
— Mary Hammond, executive director of the Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Visitors Bureau, was elected to the Kentucky Travel Industry Association board of directors.
The association announced new board members at the Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference that ran from Oct. 22-24 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green.
— Atmos Energy named Craig Rice as the company’s operation manager for the Paducah service region.
Rice, whose career at Atmos began in 1980, is responsible for overseeing all operations in the company’s Paducah, Mayfield and Union City, Tenn., service territories, which encompasses more than 40,000 customers.
Rice, a Massac County, Ill., native, most recently worked as operations supervisor in Madisonville. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mid-Continent University and was the 2011 recipient of Mid-Continent’s Academic Achievement Award.